Snipers Attack Power Station in San Jose

Check out this video.  It details the story behind a shooting at a San Jose power sub-station

I’m sure many of you have seen this story by now. At first you might think it was just a couple of rednecks who got drunk and went down and shot up a power station. But when you look a little closer you see that they cut the phone cables first and then opened fire. When the police showed up – poof! – they were gone.  Pretty sophisticated stuff for a drunk redneck.

This opens up some interesting questions about domestic terrorism.

First, who would want to do this?  What’s in for them?  Do you suppose there’s a cell of Taliban secretly operating in California?  Or is it maybe it really was just a bunch of drunk rednecks carrying a grudge with the local power company?  Or maybe it’s just somebody who gets off on causing damage – kind of like the guy who starts a forest fire on purpose.

Here’s an interesting quote:  “It seemed like a professional job.”

I haven’t heard of something like this happening since then, so it’s not like it’s happening all the time.  However, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen again.  Maybe this was just a first attempt to feel out how hard it would be.

Or maybe a copy cat is out there planning their own attack.  Who knows?

My next question is just how open are the various sub-stations and important infrastructure?  Gas pipelines, water, oil, etc.  These are all delivered via pipelines that are open to various groups who might have a bone to pick with the government.

The answer is obvious of course:  we’re very open to attack.  Earth First might be a group that would do something like this for example.  I’m not pointing fingers in this instance, but I am trying to make the point that there are “radical” groups within our own country that is capable of something like this.

I won’t get into the ideological reasons they do the things they do, suffice it to say they exist.

In the end it would be difficult to properly guard every structure and station that needs it.  Hopefully this little matter will just fade away and that will be that, but in the meantime it’s just another reason for me to keep prepping.  If they knocked out a few key power stations up here it’s unlikely we’d be without power for an extended time; however, don’t you think it would pay to have at least a few days food and water on hand?

Just in case.

Questions?  Comments?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor






38 comments… add one
  • ORRN on LI February 26, 2014, 7:49 am

    A while back I watched a documentary on TV about the West coast water supply ways, reservoirs, canals etc. and it’s locations and vulnerabilities. I thought ” why would they broadcast this for every Tom Dick And Crazy to learn??” I personally thought it was interesting and leave it at that. But some people who are on a fence or have a grudge without an outlet will now have the sensitive info to put something together! Same thing with telling about an event like this, maybe keep it to the local news and no need to make it national for some nut case to get ideas. Note to self—put another case of ‘high quality H2O’ on the shopping list this week………

    • NoSox February 26, 2014, 12:13 pm

      Yes i agree. That’s also why i think it stayed under the radar for such a long time.

    • ThatGuyinCA February 26, 2014, 3:13 pm

      Of course they did. That’s how the news operates. “Are your children in danger? News at 11.” Create a fear, show them you have special knowledge of a danger or of how susceptible you are unless you watch.

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. February 26, 2014, 8:13 am

    It does sound like a ‘what would happen if’ trial run. I think the grid can be re-routed for major metropolitan areas though.

    In the past two years, I’ve seen more utility repairs, brownout and blackouts than the past 10. Maybe our grid is just becoming too overloaded. Electric / telephone / water / sewer, its across the board.

  • S.Q.Whrill February 26, 2014, 8:22 am

    I live in Wisconsin in the Sun Prairie area and the sub station is open for all to see. Left open like that just a matter of time in a big city or cities and take down alot of the grid and hello candles.
    keep prepping

  • Ned Ludd February 26, 2014, 9:59 am

    The scary part is that if a well organized group simultaneously attacked a half dozen sites the whole western grid could go down and it would take quite a while to fix. Once overloaded it would be a cascading event until they could isolate it.

  • Pineslayer February 26, 2014, 10:01 am

    Most systems are wide open, not enough money to protect them. We rely on the overall goodness of people, it just takes a small percentage to reek havoc.

    I am reading a book, third in the trilogy, by John Barnes called, ” The Last President”. It is about bringing down the grid and all that it supports, us. It is the Daybreak series if you have some time, very interesting and it will make you rethink some of your prepping. It delves into the mindset of those who wish to protect the planet from us and how they are manipulated by evil people.

  • irishdutchuncle February 26, 2014, 10:50 am

    it seems to me that most of the recent firearms atrocities are
    “made to order” also. (although not as professional as this job… )

  • smokechecktim February 26, 2014, 11:22 am

    you dont really need much to take down some of the sub stations. a ten foot chunk of heavy cable tossed over the fence can short out between several of the transformers. Power is shutdown and possibly a fire started. Except for a few large installations with remote cameras, I have never seen any security beyond a 10 foot fence.

  • NoSox February 26, 2014, 12:20 pm

    The crazy part is that you don’t even have to breach their security perimeter to do damage. At our plants we have our compressors inside buildings to protect from the elements but it would serve the same purpose for the transformers to hide them from direct assault from hunting rifles.

    Its sad when the morality of society has plummeted to the point of everything needing to be under lock and key. I remember as a child that the front door was only locked when we left the house or after nightfall. now i keep all my doors and windows on prison lock-down. lol

    • irishdutchuncle February 26, 2014, 2:05 pm

      the Shawn Custis “nanny cam” video should be enough to break anyone of that unlocked door habit.
      (although, I think he actually broke in)

      • ThatGuyinCA February 26, 2014, 3:08 pm

        Yes, you are correct, he kicked in the door (something that is REALLY easy to do on most home doors as the building code does not required lock plates to be anchored to a stud). I’m preaching to the chior here but if you haven’t anchored your lock plate, do it now.

        • R.C. February 26, 2014, 10:09 pm

          Google “Door Sentinel”. I have no dog in the race, but it’s a smart idea to get installed.

          • ThatGuyinCA February 27, 2014, 10:34 am

            Good product but you can DIY a kit like that at a local hardware store for less than $20.

  • Chuck Findlay February 26, 2014, 3:26 pm

    I read about this on Infowars.

    Does anyone here think it’s not important to have at least a few LED table top lanterns, solar security lights, a few flashlights, a solar battery charger (Amazon sells them for $30.00 and up) and several sets of AA & AAA batteries.

    This attack was probably a test to see if it can be done. Answer is yes our power grid can be taken down. And a dozen attacks like this are easier then the 911 attacks.

    I don’t know how long the power would be down if they attacked several power stations. but it;s for sure for several days worth of no power. Maybe a lot longer.

    I don’t buy the idea that it would take years, but how knows for sure.

    • irishdutchuncle February 27, 2014, 3:34 am

      one little ice storm, and many folks around here lost power for a week. I was without power for four days after “Sandy”.
      post SHTF, with sub-stations or major transmission lines out,
      yeh, it might take years to recover.

      • smokechecktim February 27, 2014, 11:15 am

        Went to the big box store at the end of summer and bought a bunch of one led solar garden lights for a buck each. Not a lot of light but enough to move around your house in a blackout.

        • j.r. guerra in s. tx. February 28, 2014, 7:55 am

          smokechecktim, you also may want to check out the UVPaqlite products, they do the same task but have an (advertised) unlimited shelf life. No moving parts, and can be tucked away in many kits taking up little space.

          I’ve used them for nearly 2 years and am very happy with them.

  • Francesca Steele February 26, 2014, 6:59 pm

    If it is on TV news – the story is already compromised. Never ever forget, “the Medium is the Message”. Marshall McLuhan.

    Think about what the purpose of the story is: putting fear into the TV watching population about the vulnerability of their precious energy. (Here comes new taxes)

    The point is, they want you to see the world through their information portal. Don’t fall for it. Maybe it happened, maybe it didn’t. Maybe it was ‘red necks’ maybe ‘Black-Water’. What kind of reporting is that? It was just another fear message – shame of them.

    • Roseman February 26, 2014, 8:05 pm

      Hear hear!

    • Chuck Findlay February 26, 2014, 11:01 pm

      I’m not sure as to what your message is? Is it that everything in the news is a lie so don’t give any of it thought.

      If it is, it’s not too smart of a thing to do as ignoring what is being reported is basically putting your head in the sand and thinking everything is OK. In this case that could very easily lead to you sitting in a home without electricity, heat, food, running water and no systems you put in place to counter the loss of utilities.

      Anyone that knows me will tell you I don’t buy into the messages the government or the media puts out. I think the truth is intermixed with half-truths and outright lies.

      But in this case I think it’s probably a fact that bullets were fired at the power station. As to who or why, I don’t know. And it doesn’t make a difference as far as my personal actions to protect myself from this situation. I have been and will continue to plan for an interruption of the grid power, I have been doing this for at least 10-years. this event didn’t suddenly make me awaken to the idea of the grid as a fragile thing.

      It’s not a case of it being just a fear message as you called it. It’s a message that any awake thinking prepper sees as a place where modern way of living can be interrupted and that they should plan for it with action.

      Is the full story being told? NO as we don’t know who did it.

      Is the story made up? Probably not, but I suppose it could be.

      If it did not happen does that mean we should ignore the chance of the grid going down because it was a made up story? Not to my way of thinking. I want to live to be 100-years old with as many comforts as I can have. I want to survive bad times and the grid going down could be a very bad time. It’s not that hard to come up with backup ways to do thing in a grid down or intermittent grid-down times.

      Heat can be provided by propane heaters or wood heaters that require no grid.

      Water can be stored ahead of time or you can collect rain water or put in a well.

      Lighting can be provided with battery powered lights.

      Yea some of these are expensive, but they give us security that others won’t have that don’t prepare because they were convinced the story was a fake story.

      It doesn’t really make any difference to me if the story is true or not.

      I don’t care what the political views of the news people that reported on this story.

      I don’t care what political party is running the country as it relates to this story and the grid.

      All I care about is my ability to plan for something like this and then make sure I survive it.

      You are getting caught up in the political leaning and agenda of the news people. DON’T do this, look beyond this event and analyze what could happen to a system (The Grid) that has power stations all over the country that are unguarded and know that the world has a lot of people that don’t like us very much. This should make all of us concerned by the chance of a grid attack.


  • Steve suffering in NJ February 26, 2014, 7:34 pm

    They caught a bunch of chemical engineering students who slipped into a watershed in Boston I believe with in the last year. They were Arab descent if I recall correctly. That just disappeared as well. Sorry but foreign exchange students from countries who support terrorism breaking into a watershed is cause for concern. Not to mention there all chemical engineering students!!! Are you kidding me?!!!

    Same thing with the power station. Nothing to see here people. Go back to the real housewives. Beers still cold.
    We need to recognize we as a country are not well liked. We let people come and go from countries that support terrorism and our borders are not secure.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Tolik February 26, 2014, 7:58 pm

    We have been propagandized to use the word ” terrorist ” ….pretty much to describe anyone that does not follow the party line . All I can say is , one mans terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter . Remember , if you believe in and want to uphold , and preserve the US Constitution , then YOU are classified by this government, as a domestic ” terrorist ” .

  • Pineslayer February 26, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Off topic here, sorry to whine, but I ain’t getting any follow-up comment emails. Been going on for awhile. Did I forget to pay the bill? And “yes” I have been hitting the box. Carry on.

  • momof5 February 26, 2014, 10:50 pm

    We lost power here last week. It wasn’t caused by the weather, terrorist or any such scary scenario. It was caused by a curious squirrel!! This happens about once a year. They can’t seem to be able to keep these rodents out.

  • Pineslayer February 26, 2014, 11:54 pm

    Now on a lighter note as far as conspiracies go…

    All is not as it seems :)

    • Jarhead Survivor February 27, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Haha! Awesome!

    • ThatGuyinCA February 28, 2014, 1:57 pm


      That was awesome. Thanks for the share.

  • GoneWithTheWind February 27, 2014, 12:45 am

    Looks like an inside job. A disgruntled worker or maybe union thug activity by workers in a contract dispute.

    • R.C. March 1, 2014, 10:30 pm

      I can tell you that Union thuggery has not gone on for many years. I remember the days of the Teamsters blowing trucks up because they weren’t getting their fair share of wages. That hasn’t been happening for a long long time.

      • irishdutchuncle March 3, 2014, 12:21 am

        …except for “Those Helpful Union Guys” from the Philly local of the Iron Workers. (I’m sure that some of the charges against them aren’t true)

  • Anonymous February 27, 2014, 3:56 am

    You don’t need much of a gun to take out a transformer. A 22 long rifle bullet will punch a hole in the metal case and allow the oil to leak out. The transformer will overheat with no oil in it and die. You don’t even need to go into the chained in area, just sit back under cover (out of camera range) and shoot. It’s a low risk attack that is impossible to guard against as you can’t watch every power station in the country.

    • Anonymous February 27, 2014, 1:46 pm

      They were blowing all by themselves in AZ a few years back , when we had that heat wave .

  • sirlancelot February 27, 2014, 5:54 pm

    sadly this type of info has been spread over the survival forums for the last couple years.

    now some idiot has gone out and tried it.

    hope they catch the moron and lock him up

    • irishdutchuncle March 1, 2014, 4:26 am

      maybe it was one of “their” idiots…
      informants are everywhere. if they can’t foment a conspiracy, they will just supply one of their own.

  • sirlancelot March 2, 2014, 6:22 pm

    touche :-)

    funny how people tell me my “tin foil” hat is on too tight, yet we find our own government selling guns to drug lords hoping to influence the american people to accept gun control.

    could be one of the alphabet agencies sent out some of their own hacks to try it out

  • cameron March 5, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Has anyone noticed that the San Jose’ attack occurred the day after the Boston Marathon bombing? Also the following Sunday (I think April 21st) someone penetrated the perimeter of the of the TVA Watts Barr Nuke plant in Spring City Tn, by boat, and exchanged gunfire with a guard before escaping by boat.

    Remember they did a trial run on the world trade towers a couple years before they actually brought them down?

    Just because you are paranoid it doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you.

  • Tapioka March 6, 2014, 12:19 am

    We live in a neighborhood where so many can’t be bothered to prep. These are the same neighbors who don’t understand that a scheduled water outage means NO WATER. So Obama has taught us the callous solution — send them home with a pain killer.
    PS – My dog is a democrat — free shelter, free food, free medical, free toys, and sleeps all day until he wants to play or eat. We need to change his name to Barry. He’s neutered, too. And we are painting his doghouse white.


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